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While riding the route I was in daily contact emailing him updates about the route and the campgrounds etc.  He said he was making a commitment to keeping the web site up for 5 years, but if he is still involved in doing updates I don't know.  Super nice guy.

Routes / Re: Eastern Express Bike Route
« on: December 14, 2020, 02:55:08 pm »
Sorry, I followed the EE maps but at Franklin Indiana I turned SE and headed across on country roads to make my way to my Cincinnati detour.  After Cincinnati, I turned NE and made my way and returned to the route at Waynesville OH, so the section you are asking about is the section I completely missed.

Gear Talk / Re: Bottle Cage Allen screw Size
« on: December 13, 2020, 06:40:04 pm »
I dropped by the small town local bike shop here and asked for Phil Wood waterproof grease, the guy gave me a bottle of "Boeshield T-9 Bicycle" and said that would work.  So I just took it home but reading the bottles details it does say waterproof but doesn't mention grease in the description at all.  Anyone know if this fits the purpose you were recommending to grease up the Allen bolts or should I use this product for a better purpose?

Routes / Re: Eastern Express Bike Route
« on: December 12, 2020, 08:35:07 pm »
I rode the Eastern Express as it was being developed.  I believe I was the first one to use the route traveling W-E.  I rode the TA in 2016 but ran out of time in the middle of Kansas.  As I was planning to finish my cross country trip I discovered the Eastern Express route that was just being completed.  I also had interest in riding the Katy Trail and the GAP and C&O, and in addition I wanted to visit some family in the Cincinnati area so this route fit perfectly for me.  By the way, I also finished in Washington DC and was quite happy feeling I had accomplished my goal to ride across country.  I started on the Pacific in Oregon and was satisfied ending in DC. 

I live in California, so to finish my cross country in 2017 I took the train from Sacramento to Denver and started my ride there.  I rode from Denver to McCook Nebraska which is where I picked up the actual Eastern Express Route. I wanted to take the train to McCook and start riding there but McCook didn't have a bicycle unloading option so I started in Denver. 

So I have ridden the Eastern Express route from McCook NB to DC with a small detour to Cincinnati.  I enjoyed Eastern Colorado and southern Nebraska.  Kansas was terrific, I visited the center of the country site.  I forget the name of that small town.  When I hit Atchison, KS  I believe the EE route duplicates the Lewis and Clark across the state including the Katy Trail.  I loved it.  I made some good friends and rode with them the length of the Katy Trail - that was a nice treat. Illinois was my least favorite part of the ride.  On my first night in the state I got chased out of one town by a mean policeman who didn't like where I had camped after I had gotten permission from another policeman and the land owner to put up my tent.  I guess that gave me a bad taste for the state after such wonderful hospitality all the way from Denver to St Charles.  There was a section along hwy 40 that was a bit unpleasant heavy traffic and lots of trucks even though it paralleled the interstate, but if I remember correctly there was an adequate shoulder to ride in along that section.  Perhaps that is the section John mentioned in the post above.  I enjoyed Terre Haute and a very, very nice country campground on the edge of town.

Once into Ohio I enjoyed the route the rolling hills and the state parks.  Then after a brief ride through a corner in West Virginia it was onto Pennsylvania and Paw Paw trail, and then the GAP and C&O and DC.  I also made a friend on the C&O and rode with him to DC and second very nice treat.  I thought it was interesting that in all of my TA and EE ride across country the two times I found someone to actually ride with and develop a longer friendship was on two of the trail rides. 

Gear Talk / Re: Bottle Cage Allen screw Size
« on: December 10, 2020, 01:56:43 pm »

Dark Blue.  I thought the bike was black looking at the bike pics on my phone but when I saw it in person its a navy-blue or dark blue color.  I don't remember how to upload a pic here so I am putting a link from the Trek web site. I really like the color too.

Gear Talk / Re: Bottle Cage Allen screw Size
« on: December 09, 2020, 05:29:09 pm »
ok, I'm an idiot.  The holes in the frame were already filled with painted allen screws that matched the frame color, and I was sitting there trying to screw the allen bolts into the top of the painted allen hole spot.  In my defense I was trying to do it in a dimly lit garage when I got home last. 

Gear Talk / Re: Bottle Cage Allen screw Size
« on: December 09, 2020, 01:07:01 pm »
Thanks John,  Good idea!

Gear Talk / Bottle Cage Allen screw Size
« on: December 09, 2020, 12:48:09 pm »
Just came home with the new bike y'day eve. 
First thing before riding is to install the saddle, pedals and bottle mounts but the allen screws do not fit into the frame of the new 520.  All my previous bicycles had the same size bolt so I thought I'd head over to the local hardware store for some metric allen screws.  Does anyone know what size I might need?

Gear Talk / Re: Tubus Tara Lowrider Front Rack Technical Question
« on: August 31, 2020, 12:52:17 pm »
 that’s was my guess but in the back of my mind I thought I remembered discussions of difficulty with certain racks and disc brakes. 

Gear Talk / Tubus Tara Lowrider Front Rack Mounting Question
« on: August 30, 2020, 06:22:15 pm »
My REI touring bike is a full size to large and probably a bit dangerous to dismount safely as I get older. I rationalized buying it and toured with it because my budget was small and I was able to buy it used for amazing price. It came with a generic rear rack and I put a put a Tubus Tara Lowrider on the front.

The time has come and I’m ready to sell my over sized bike for whatever it’s worth and get a new properly fitted bike, and am planning on ordering the new funky green Surly Disc Trucker.

My question is this: can I keep the Tubus Tara and mount it on the new Surly with disc brakes or should I just add a few dollars to the selling price and sell it along with the old bike?

Gear Talk / Re: A must item
« on: August 30, 2020, 05:57:54 pm »

General Discussion / Re: How to become a bike guide
« on: August 05, 2020, 03:46:30 pm »
Welcome for  first time on the forum.  We have many knowledgeable touring experts and fans here so you may get some good advice.

It might be helpful however if you could tell us about yourself.  Where and how long have you toured. What kind of tours have you been on and led.  I guessing from gist of the brief question that maybe you have led a family group or group of friends but that’s just a guess. Maybe a brief bio of yourself and what country you are in - and experience will give us a starting place to respond to.  Good question and good touring!

Thanks SSM,

Good to know.  I still haven't made a final decision.  Leaning one way one day and the other way the next day.  I appreciate the info.

Yes, I would love to hear as well. We don’t often get to hear the results of tours that are deliberated And discussed here in the forums.

California / Re: bike on Amtrak - California Zephyr
« on: July 31, 2020, 06:52:24 pm »
A cardboard box with nylon straps to make carrying easier.
Then save the nylon straps for camping / tie-down use.
I like that idea, I decided against the box idea last time I flew home because when traveling through the airport and security with all my panniers and stuff inside I needed to be able to carry it on my shoulder, and carry my handlebar bag on my other shoulder.  A strapped box might just work tho.  Loading onto the train, I guess you could carry the box on the bike as you walked it into the train station - so might work...

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